Poor Girl

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production year

1929

Premiere

28 February 1930

Runtime

102 min

Director

Martin Frič

Category

film

Genre

melodrama

Typology

featuretheatrical distributionlong

Original title

Chudá holka

Czech title

Chudá holka

English title

Poor Girl

Synopsis

Marie Růžová, a child born out of wedlock, grows up in the family of the miller Bořický. She spends her childhood and youth in the company of the Bořickýs son Klement. Klement studies law becomes a laywer and is betrothed to Jiřinka. The latter's mother is concerned about Klement's relationship with Marie and she threatens Bořický's not to allow her daughter to marry their son. In order that she is not the cause of further arguments, Marie leaves secretly for Prague during the night. There she has to earn a hard living as a waitress. She resists the advances of the architect Jánský until her despair finally drives her to attempt to take her own life. She is, however, saved and is taken into the care of Mrs. Rivolová. The latter recognises her own daughter in Maria whom she put in fosterage when she was young. Jánský, the husband of Mrs. Rivolová's other daughter Věra, tries to take Marie by force. He is shot during the attempt and Marie is suspected of the murder. Klement defends her in court and proves her innocence. Jánský's jealous wife Věra confesses to the crime. Marie is exonerated of all blame and, after the case is closed, she and Klement lovingly embrace each other.

Note

The film was presented once more in its sound version in 1932 by the distribution company Ringlerfilm, set to the music of Jára Beneš. In the National Film Archive is filed a sound copy K-A 2332,9 m.

Cast

Suzanne Marwille

Marie Růžová

Božena Svobodová

Mariina matka, paní Rivolová

Karel Fiala

mlynář Bořický

Antonie Nedošinská

Bořického žena

Otto Rubík

mlynářův syn JUDr. Klement Bořický

Josef Rovenský

Alois Mokráček

Emilie Nitschová

Mokráčkova žena

Eman Fiala

podnájemník Berka

Jan W. Speerger

architekt Robert Jánský

Ela Poznerová

Věra, Jánského žena, dcera Rivolových

Milka Balek-Brodská

poběhlice Tereza

Marta Májová

matka Jiřinky, snoubenky Klementa Bořického

Marie Fingerová

pěstounka malé Marie

Karel Schleichert

soused pěstounky

Marie Häusslerová

sousedova žena

Filip Balek-Brodský

hostinský Janota

Josef Steigl

host U Janotů

Vladimír Hlavatý

host U Janotů

Bonda Szynglarski

host U Janotů

Ludvík Veverka

host U Janotů

Ella Nollová

zpěvačka v šantánu

Josef Šváb-Malostranský

zpěvák v šantánu

Vladimír Majer

státní zástupce

František V. Kučera

předseda soudu

Ferry Seidl

soudní dozorce

Josef Kytka

člen senátu

Josef Oliak

vládní rada Kobler

Crew and creators

Director

Martin Frič

Based on

Václav Čech-Stráň (Chudá holka – román)

Screenplay

Martin Frič

Director of Photography

Jan Stallich

Production Designer

Alois Mecera

Production Manager

Rudolf Vančura

Music

Music Composed by

Jára Beneš (ozvučení 1932)

Songs

Chudá holka (ozvučení 1932)

Songwriter Jára Beneš /ozvučení 1932/
Writer of Lyrics Karel Tobis /ozvučení 1932/

Production info

Original Title

Chudá holka

Czech Title

Chudá holka

English Title

Poor Girl

Category

film

Typology

featuretheatrical distribution

Genre

melodrama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1929

Production Year

1929

Production specifications

date of censorship 28 January 1930
date of censorship 01/1932 (ozvučená verze)

Premiere

premiere 28 February 1930 /unsuitable for youths/ (kina Flora /1 týden/, Roxy /1 týden/ a Světozor /1 týden/, Praha)
renewed premiere 12 August 1932 /unsuitable for youths/ (kino Kapitol /3 týdny/, Praha /ozvučená verze/)

Production

Fortuna Film, Ringlerfilm (ozvučení 1932)

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Studio

AB Vinohrady

Distribution

Fortuna Film (původní 1930), Ringlerfilm (obnovená 1932)

Technical info

Duration typology

feature film

Duration in minutes

102 min

Original length in metres

2 900 meters

Distribution carrier

35mm

Aspect ratio

1:1,33, 1:1,19

Colour

black & white

Sound

silent

Sound system/format

Union-Vox

Versions

Czech

Dialogue languages

Czech, without dialogue

Subtitles languages

without subtitles

Intertitles languages

Czech

Opening/End credits languages

Czech